Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the look of your home. It’s also a project that even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfer can do with confidence. With thousands of colors from which to choose, it’s the perfect way to express your unique style and personality at a fraction of the cost of other home improvement projects. Yet even experienced do-it-yourselfers sometimes neglect the first and most important step in achieving the perfect paint job: priming.
Professional Handyman Matters Craftsmen know that the key to a beautiful paint job isn’t buying the most expensive paint.
They know that one coat of primer and one coat of paint will give them a better, longer-lasting paint job than two coats of paint. That’s why they prime first, then paint.
Paint is formulated with more pigment than resin to provide rich, beautiful color. Primers are resin-rich to provide the ideal foundation for paint. You can’t expect a paint, or a paint-and-primer-in-one product to do the job of a high-quality stain-blocking primer.
Having a sealed, stain-free surface is the key to getting the best paint job possible, and this is accomplished by using one coat of primer and one coat of paint.
Here are just some of the benefits of priming before you paint:
- Priming saves you time and money. Primers are formulated to seal the surface – and when the surface is sealed, you use less paint. No more multiple coats of paint to get an even, consistent finish. If you tint a quality primer, one coat of primer and one coat of paint is usually all you need for a great-looking paint job. Just ask the paint desk to tint your primer toward the color of your paint. Since a gallon of primer is less expensive than a gallon of paint, you’ll save money too.
- Priming makes paint colors richer. Primers hide previous colors – even the darkest blues and deepest reds – and prevent them from showing through and changing the color of your paint. Your paint colors will be more vibrant and beautiful if you prime first.
- Primers block stains. Most stains – water stains, crayon and marker, lipstick or nicotine – will bleed right through paint. This is where primers earn their reputation: they seal in stains and prevent them from ruining your paint job. New advanced technology water-based primers take the guesswork out of primer selection because they block all stains – even water stains – so you start your paint job with a clean canvas.
- You can paint anything if you prime first. If you’ve ever tried to paint a slick surface like vinyl or plastic with paint alone, chances are it just didn’t stick. Primers are formulated for tenacious paint adhesion to all surfaces, so you can paint anything – even ceramic tile and Formica cabinets – when you use a primer as your first coat.
- Primers make your paint job last longer. Primers prevent common paint problems like cracking, peeling and blistering and your paint will retain its original color longer, so you’ll have to paint less often.
Handyman Matters craftsmen are available to provide a helping hand giving your home interior a fresh new look – whether painting a room or a complete make over. The professionals at Handyman Matters can help take care of all of your interior projects – no matter how small! Find a location near you or call 866-FIX MY HOME, today.